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When we move from place to place and specifically between buildings, we usually trust and believe that these places and buildings will be safe for us to navigate through like normal people. We usually operate under the assumption, whether or not we’re aware, that if we use the facilities of a certain place properly, then these facilities will serve us as intended. According to these Corpus Christi Premises Liability Lawyers, it’s important that property owners make sure the entirety of their property is well-maintained and functional so people can move in and out safely and easily.

This stood out to me the most recently when I was at the pool with my child. I wasn’t personally swimming – I really don’t enjoy it, the land will do just fine thank you – but my little six-year-old boy was. I was reading and watching him enjoy himself with the other kids there. They were all playing together, trying to do touch the bottom of the pool and see how long they can hold their breath and all the other things kids do when they’re in the pool. While they were doing this, I could see older kids using the diving board at the back. Some would do flips and others would just dive in, the younger ones would just jump as high as the board would help them. The environment was very pleasant, everyone was there to have a good time and was mindful of everyone else.

Things changed for the worst not long after I had really gotten comfortable. A young boy I didn’t know was snorkelling around the pool and had next to no clue where he was in relation to everything else going on. He had eventually roamed over near the diving board and nobody had really paid him any mind. The lifeguards hadn’t said a thing, and I hadn’t really paid attention to this one particular boy and his whereabouts because I was keeping a closer eye on my own son. Suddenly, one of the kids on the diving board took off and landed on the one snorkeling around, not having been warned not to jump or anyone having alerted the snorkeling boy. He landed right on the snorkeler, knocking him unconscious in the water while a few other mothers like myself screamed as soon as they saw the whole thing developing. It only took me a moment to connect the dots when the kid who jumped off the diving board popped his head out of the water looking horrified.

After the mothers screamed, a lifeguard immediately dove in and took care of the situation, and the snorkeling kid woke up fairly quickly, thankfully okay on the surface. I don’t know if he was completely okay later, but in that moment he seemed like he would be okay. However, it was scary to me that the lifeguards could just sit around the pool but be inattentive enough as to let something like that take place.

Xarelto: Its Greatest Benefits and Worst Threats

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Rivaroxaban is a popular anti-coagulant drug that was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in July 2011 for people suffering from: atrial fibrillation (an irregularity in heart beat); deep vein thrombosis (DVT), also known as deep venous thrombosis, which refers to the formation of blood clots (or thrombus) in deep veins, mainly in the legs; and, pulmonary embolism, which is blood clot in the lungs. It is mainly intended to prevent harmful blood clots from forming, avoid chances of blood clots from recurring and reduce possible risks of stroke in people who have just undergone surgery for total hip replacement or knee replacement. In the US, and in some other countries, Rivaroxaban is sold under the generic name Xarelto and it is jointly produced by Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary) and Bayer Health Care.

Xarelto is a new generation blood thinner that is formulated to act as a direct thrombin inhibitor (DTI), to block thrombin from ever forming (thrombin are blood plasma enzymes that cause the blood to clot). Like Pradaxa, another DTI that was approved by the FDA in 2010 and which Xarelto was intended to compete against, Xarelto has been highly commended by pharmaceutical companies and doctors due to its formulation that no longer necessitates frequent testing of blood or diet and exercise monitoring which Warfarin, the anticoagulant drug that has dominated the market since 1954, requires.

Unlike Pradaxa, however, which directly blocks the production of thrombin, Xarelto directly attacks and inhibits the production of Factor Xa, the protein necessary in thrombin formation. Furthermore, Xarelto has been proven as very effective in the:

  • Reduction of risks of stroke in non-valvular atrial fibulation
  • Treatment of pulmonary embolism (PE) and deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Prevention of DVT following a knee replacement or hip replacement surgery
  • Reduction of DVT and PE recurrence

Despite its effectivity, Xarelto was discovered as not without adverse effects, some of which even fatal, thus, enough reason for the FDA to mandate a black box warning label to the drug’s packaging. One agency that keeps track of problematic or defective drugs is the Institution for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), a nonprofit consumer watchdog organization. Based on ISMP data Xarelto’s adverse effects, which thousands of patients have already complained of, include: internal bleeding (including bleeding in the abdomen, intestines and rectum); blood clots; epidural or spinal hematomas (a condition wherein blood collects outside the blood vessels in the spinal cord area – this increases the risk of permanent paralysis); brain hemorrhaging; uncontrollable bleeding (to which there is no known remedy); blood in the urine and/or stool; severe nosebleeds; vomiting of, and coughing up, blood; stroke; and, risk of heart problems following discontinuation.

Millions of patients had already been prescribed with Xarelto despite its being new in the market. In fact, currently, Xarelto is the number one blood thinning medication in the US. But (in 2012) even before topping market sales (where blood thinning drugs are concerned) about 2081 serious adverse events (151 of these were fatal) had already been reported to the FDA.

It is hard to say exactly how many lawsuits have already been filed against the manufacturers of Xarelto as the lawsuits are based on different issues, like wrongful death, brain hemorrhaging, uncontrolled bleeding, and so forth. One thing is sure, though, that is, if you or anyone in your family or anyone you know is gravely suffering from any of the adverse effects caused by Xarelto, then it may be a good idea to contact the Xarelto lawsuit lawyers at the National Injury Law Center.

How You Can Find Reliable Legal Advice

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There are many reasons you may need to hire and work with a lawyer. No matter what the reason, there are some helpful tips you can use during your time with a law professional. The advice that follows will help you when you find yourself in need of a lawyer.

Don’t choose the very first lawyer you find. Instead, research several attorneys to find the one best suited for your case. You can do this by visiting websites, like William Kherkher’s. Keep asking other people so that you can learn more information concerning certain lawyers.

You have to be able to easily get in contact with your lawyer. Many people complain about not having a lawyer who is easily reachable. This can lead to a lot of issues, not the least of which is the fact that you will wonder if you are getting adequate service or not.

Ask your friends and family for referrals if you are looking for a great lawyer. Others that have had legal issues know how critical a good lawyer can be and will be best able to lead you in the right direction. Get a few recommendations and then do your own research from there.

Before beginning your research, seek the advice of the people you know. When you speak with loved ones, you can get good suggestions and favorable rates. This can really save you a lot of stress and money down the road.

When choosing a lawyer, research their reputation thoroughly. Check with your local bar association, and read online reviews of lawyers. These can help you decide whether or not a particular lawyer is someone you can trust. This will save you a lot of money, aggravation and time, later on.

As you can see, it’s not too hard to find and deal with a lawyer once you have more knowledge. The tips shared here are a good starting off point. Use what you learned and your time with a lawyer can be time well spent in order to win your case.

“Keyhole” Surgery Leads to Surgical Injuries

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Minimally invasive surgical methods, or keyhole surgeries, are the preferred ones when confronted with the need for a procedure, mostly because healing times are faster and there is a lower risk of excessive blood loss. Laparoscopy, which uses cameras inserted into small incisions in the abdomen, was one of the earliest and most popular of these methods, and it is still being used today.

A relatively recent entrant in the field which has grabbed a substantial share in the market since its introduction 13 years ago is the da Vinci Surgical System, which is a robot-assisted surgical method. Recent events, however, has served to somewhat tarnish the reputation of the metallic automaton in the field of surgical instruments.

At least 70 deaths have been directly linked to the use of the da Vinci robot, landing its manufacturer Intuitive Surgical Inc. in legal hot water and affecting its standing in the market. More adverse events have been reported, and some studies say underreported with the machine’s use, prompting the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to launch an investigation to determine the extent to which the da Vinci robot may be said to have directly caused unnecessary surgical injuries. And now, Intuitive itself has issued a statement regarding defects in certain components of the system which may inadvertently cause even more damage to the patients.

Intuitive sent Urgent Medical Device Notification in May 2013 to those who purchased the da Vinci system regarding potential problems with the Monopolar Curved Scissors (MCS), commonly called the Hot Shears. Micro-cracks along the shaft that developed when the shears were reprocessed, maintenance performed on all instruments periodically after a certain number of procedures done. These micro-cracks may allow electric current to “arc” from the instrument to living tissue, possibly causing burns and tissue damage. Less than a year ago, the tips of the scissors had been recalled, but Intuitive does not confirm that these defects caused injury to any patient.

The initiatives were classified as part of the company’s efforts to improve the products, and had nothing to do with the surgical injury lawsuits already filed against it. Taken one by one, these adverse events may be said to be part and parcel of the risks associated with surgery, but taken together, they represent a serious problem with the technology.

Slip and Fall Accidents: Their Usual Causes and Effects

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Sometimes, an ordinary case of slip and fall can result in injuries that no one would even think can be severe. Many victims, however, will tell you that some incidents of slip and fall have resulted to fractures which have caused them great pains or impairment.

According to the Chris Mayo Law Firm website, falls are listed among the top causes of injuries in the US. This information is clearly substantiated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which says that more than two million fall injuries are recorded every year. The commission further gives the following details about this common cause of personal injury:

  • The most serious consequence of falls is fracture, hip fracture
  • Slips and falls are the leading causes of work injuries, especially for people between 15 and24 years old, and of lost days from work
  • The most common causes of the accident include spills on floors, weather conditions, plumbing issues, uneven steps or floors, inadequate lighting, unnecessary clutter, slick or slippery floors, lack of guardrails, railings and warning signs, exposed wires and other trip hazards

Though an injury sustained through a slip and fall accident may be blamed on the injured person him or herself, the property owner, is mainly responsible for making sure that his or her establishment or property, is free from hazards that may cause such falls, especially if it is a commercial or public place (like a mall, a restaurant or eatery, any paved establishment).

Failure by the owner to ensure safety on his or her property can amount to negligence which, if it results to an injury, may require compensation for the injured individual. Injured victims on the other hand, will definitely find having a legal professional on their side an advantage in fighting for their rights and interests.

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